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Jean Anderson (Mary Jean Heriot Anderson)

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Biography

Eastbourne, Sussex, England, UK
Gaunt Sussex-born actress of Scottish descent whose dignified manner and plain, but expressive features qualified her for a wide range of character parts, from austere nurses and long-suffering mothers to overbearing dowagers and nosy gossips; from meddlesome chaperones to authoritarian aunts and intransigent spinsters. She rarely gave an indifferent performance and was often quite brilliant, particularly on the small screen.

Jean Anderson was the daughter of a well-to-do cloth merchant specialising in muslin. As she grew up, she aspired to become a violinist, later a tennis player. Read more...

Actor

Character: Miss Sankey

The Romantic Age 1949

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Character: Miss Calthorp

Lease of Life 1954

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Character: Miss Horsefall

A Town Like Alice 1956

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Character: Mrs. Martyn

The Secret Tent 1956

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Character: Lady Botting

Half a Sixpence 1967

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Character: Roise

Simon Magus 1999

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Character: Mrs. Merz

The Harpist 1999

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Character: Lady Alice Hurleston

The Beggar Bride 1997

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Character: Lady Fermoy

Diana: Her True Story 1993

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Character: Madame Gallmington

The Black Velvet Gown 1991

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Character: Lady with Removal Men

Madame Sousatzka 1988

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Character: Nell

Endgame 2000

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Character: Dr. Goldup

G.B.H. 1991

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Character: Mrs. Monteith

Rab C. Nesbitt 1988

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Character: Molly Cowper

Screen One 1985

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Character: Sister Gater

White Corridors 1951

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Character: Grandma MacKenzie

The Little Kidnappers 1953

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Character: Lady Hinksey

Inspector Morse 1987

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Character: Grandmother Dickinson

Back Home 1989

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Character: Takyan

Solomon and Sheba 1959

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Character: Lady Jocelyn 'Joss' Holbrook

Tenko 1981

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